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Nursing Story Slam

The Nursing Story Slam brings together nurse storytellers from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine to share their true, personal stories that explore the breadth, depth, and diversity of nursing. The inaugural event was held in February 2019. Now in its second year, the Nursing Story Slam is supported through the generosity of Sandy Samberg, Nu’94, GNu’95, and her husband, Joe Samberg. The event is a partnership between Penn Nursing, Penn Medicine, and First Person Arts

Nursing Story Slam submissions

Want to tell your story? We want to hear it! We are now accepting submissions for the next Nursing Story Slam through the form below. The event will take place on February 12, 2020 from 6pm - 8pm, and will be held in the Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.  

Submissions must be in the context of the event theme. The theme for this year’s event is Courage. Nurses are, of course, at the bedside, but we are also in many other places, including boardrooms, startups, congress, the military and more. Therefore, stories can span the full range of nursing experiences, and can be about a time when something went right, wrong, or sideways in the lab, at the bedside (HIPPA compliant, please!), on a research project, or anywhere and everywhere that nurses are as they save lives and change the world locally and globally.

Please note: If your application is accepted and you are selected as one of our nurse storytellers, you will be required to attend a 3-hour in-person master-storytelling workshop and coaching session with First Person Arts prior to the Nursing Story Slam event. The workshop will include:

  • A presentation by First Person Arts with an example storytelling session
  • A writing session to review the storytelling “building blocks” and then refine your story
  • A storytelling session where storytellers will get to practice performing their stories and receive feedback 

The workshop will be held at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in January 2020. The exact date and time has not yet been determined.

Nurse storytellers will not be permitted to have notes for their Nursing Story Slam performance. We will help you prepare to be the best storyteller you can be!

Any questions, please email us at


Storyteller Entry Form

“We believe everyone has a story to tell, and sharing those stories connects us with each other and the world.”
– First Person Arts

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